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I agree that they hit the peak with 4954, but we probably won't see that again for awhile, and it won't be $90, that's for sure! :(
And after small comes big...? Pleeeease...
I would imagine 4954 would be closer to $149 these days. :(
The new Winter Village set is amazing, I'm not complaining at the price at all, it is a bargin for the price.
On a side note, what is up with the 5 digit set numbers?
EDIT: Never mind, I remember reading about it here: http://brickset.com/news/article/?ID=4076
They can't all be big houses, right. I do love some of the older ones, but I appreciate that there is some variety in price points, too. Log cabin and this for the kid, modulars for mommy, the mid size ones we can split.
Let's hope there is another larger one ( at the 50-60 price point say) later in 2013.
The modulars for me are way too expensive - I want them all and have none.
I have 4 of the more recent creator houses, 5 if you count 2 log cabins - they were on sale. I am waiting for the seaside house to come down in price.
What would be nice is a bucket with enough pieces where you could be two or three different houses , and two at the same time (or one 'row' house) so you can add to a neighborhood with your mods...
Now we only need Beavis and Butthead minifigures.
Anyone care to move the project to Cuusoo? I would definitely cast my vote... :-)
As for 4996 Beach house vs. 7346 Seaside house, yes a little bit smaller, yes cost more - but this is seen as a general LEGO "trend" which would worth a whole new thread.
Red roof little boring, medium blue bit interesting, so compensates.
Crab, fish, brick-duck, fences, some tan (sand) elements...
No baseplate - so what, we all have a lot... If there was a baseplate in it, then we would all rant about "without a baseplate, it would be cheaper..." :-)
So whoever find 7346 small, buy 2 on a sale (BOGOFree?) then create something bigger. (Yea, me too, so I'll get 4 once its price "settles").
As for 31009 "Small Cottage" I found another new use, I think it could be used in a modular building, as an "elevator" :-)
1. printing on the surf board.
2. A female minifig to go along with the guy.
3. furnature such as a table, TV and a bed.
I think that those could have been added and the price point of $49 could have still been met.
I like the windmill :)
LEGO has proven many times over to be very creative, BUT that comes at a cost (See the latest Town Hall, or other mods)
I think LEGO is trying to make sets that are houses for cheaper prices, which means less parts.
Of course if this set comes out and it is any more than 25 bucks then I would say there is an issue.
It should really not be more than that IMO. Id say it is more worth about 20 dollars.
It should also not be ignored that Creator price points are still diverse. The Highway Pickup is $80 USD, the Seaside House is $50 USD (slightly more than the Apple Tree House), and the Transport Choper is $35 USD. But in the past several years, the 1HY sets have consistently stuck to lower price points while the 2HY sets have expanded into higher price points.
As for why creator houses are becoming smaller at higher prices, part of it definitely has to do with the increase in landscaping details and the introduction of minifigures. These things could easily drive up prices at a higher rate than they drive up piece counts.
Btw, just build the 5766 Log Cabin and found it great value for the money!